(The data) really helps to inform, not only at a national level but on a provincial level, strategies and approaches for meeting a healthcare need. It’s key information for decision makers in the health sector and in government.The Report’s Findings The report found that no one province stood out as a leader in delivering mental health care. Moreover, there were significant differences across the provinces in terms of both access and outcomes of care, including:
I think the reason this report is so important is because we’ve been hearing more and more anecdotes about how difficult it is to get the right kind of care when and where you need it. And this kind of big picture is the kind of information that policy makers and we in the health service sector need to be able to course correct.The Report itself concluded:
We have demonstrated that collaborative, cross-province processes for the generation of performance measures for mental health services is possible…There is enormous potential now to sustain and expand these successes for the ultimate benefit and quality of life for Canadians with mental health and addictions issues and their families.We will continue to follow developments in mental health services across Canada and will blog about relevant information as it becomes available. At Wise Health Law, we provide advice and guidance on health law matters to regulated health professionals, health professional associations, public hospitals, and healthcare clinics, among others. We stay on top of trends and developments in healthcare in order to provide forward-thinking legal advice and guidance on risk management to all of our clients. For the convenience of our clients, we have offices in both Toronto and Oakville, Ontario, and are easily accessible. Contact us online, or at 416-915-4234 for a consultation.
It is no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the delivery of health services and the regulation of various health professions.
In a welcomed move, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) Council recently approved a new registration policy allowing the Registration Committee to issue a Certificate of Registration authorizing Independent Practice to applicants who have not completed Part II of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE).
The test for the standard of care in medical negligence cases has remained untouched since the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1995 decision in ter Neuzen v. Korn.
On January 18, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the appeal in Armstrong v. Ward. Their unanimous decision maintains the status quo with respect to the standard of care in medical negligence cases.
Like other professionals, pharmacists have been adjusting to an expanded scope of practice as all health professionals work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We wrote about some of these changes in our previous blog posts.
Last week, the Minister of Health made additional changes to the Regulated Health Professions Act relevant to pharmacy professionals. Now, members of the Ontario College of Pharmacists — including pharmacists, interns, registered pharmacy students, or pharmacy technicians — can administer coronavirus vaccines by injection. These individuals must be certified to administer vaccines and must do so while being engaged by an organization that has an agreement with the Minister governing the administration of the vaccine (e.g., a hospital).